Vision Therapy is a type of Physical Therapy. Like other forms of physical therapy, with vision therapy, optimum results require much more than visual acuity or binocular eye muscle control. Vision therapy integrates visual acuity and binocular function plus detailed brain function activities that collectively control thousands of components of our entire bodies coordinated actions. Your visual system is your steering system. Vision Therapy makes it better.
The diagnostic testing of our comprehensive eye examination may reveal these types of vision problems in children or adults:
- Eye tracking
- Eye teaming (Strabismus or Amblyopia)
- Eye focusing (Visual Acuity)
- Learning-related vision problems
- Visual Information Processing
- Computer related vision problems
- Sports vision
- Acquired brain injury related vision problems
If any of these problems are left unattended, they can have a serious impact on an individual’s life experience. When these problems are discovered, we refer our patient to an Optometric Vision Therapy specialist to ensure the very best of care and therapeutic treatment, and we continue to provide the patient’s general vision care.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a sequence of therapy procedures that are individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to develop efficient visual skills and visual processing. Vision therapy is prescribed following a comprehensive evaluation of the visual system.
The vision therapy program is based on the results of standardized tests, the patient’s specific signs and symptoms plus a careful look at the needs of the patient.
The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments and computer programs is an integral part of vision therapy. Typically, vision therapy is administered as a combination of in-office visits combined with prescribed, daily, home-vision therapy procedures.
The in-office therapy is designed to make the patient aware of his or her visual deficiencies under controlled conditions. Then by a feedback process the patient is taught strategies to improve visual performance.
Home therapy is directed at practicing the newly learned visual skills until the initial conscious effort becomes automatic.
Visit The American Optometric Association Website for the Optometry position paper on vision therapy.